Virginia Repertory Theatre opens Buffalo Soldier, the story of Richmond native Jones Morgan, February 3 at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn.
The show runs through February 26. Written by Virginia Rep’s founding producer Bruce Craig Miller, Buffalo Soldier tells the fascinating story of one of the last living Buffalo Soldiers. It was selected by the Pentagon as a morale booster after 9/11 and became the first professional play in history to be performed within the Pentagon’s walls.
This production is directed by John Moon whose recent credits for Virginia Rep include This Wonderful Life, The Maggie Walker Story,and Treasure Island.
The role of Jones Morgan is shared by Jim Bynum as older Morgan and Josh Marin as younger Morgan. Bynum is a veteran on Virginia Rep’s stage, having most recently appeared in last season’s I Have a Dream. Marin returns to Richmond from New York City. He most recently appeared at Virginia Rep in last year’s main stage productions of Peter and The Starcatcher and The Color Purple. He w ill also be appearing in Violet for Cadence Theatre in partnership with Virginia Rep.
The cast also includes Thomas E. Nowlin, Adrian Grantz, and Anthony Cosby. Music direction is from Jason Marks, who was a co-creator of last season’s Croaker: The Frog Prince Musical. Costume Design is from Sarah Grady and lighting design is from Skyler Broughman.
Buffalo Soldier is part of the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival. On Sunday, February 19, Virginia Rep will host a panel discussion following the performance discussing the role faith played among Buffalo Soldiers and its effect on Jones Morgan’s story. On February 11, Lt. Col. Glenn E. Johnson from North Carolina will be at the performance to present a commission for Jones Morgan to Bruce Miller.
Virginia Rep offers a new FREE Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations and invites all all organizations who have a demonstrated need to apply for complimentary tickets to fill out a short application on our website.